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Glasgow organist performs in Iowa City for UNESCO connection

Glasgow-based concert organist Kevin Bowyer gave the inaugural organ performance today on the new pipe organ in the University of Iowa’s Voxman School of Music building. Bowyer didn’t play just any piece, but rather the eight-hour “Second Symphony for Organ” by Kaikhosru Sorabji. The piece began at noon today, and will conclude this evening. About [...]

Top student writers honored at One Book Two Book

The Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature organization’s annual One Book Two Book Children’s Literature Festival will recognize the creative excellence of nearly 100 area students over the course of the three-day festival, Feb. 24-26. The festival begins Friday, Feb. 24, with the “Once Upon a Time” banquet. One student from each of 22 participating [...]

2016 Iowa City Book Festival: Build your own theme

Two years ago, we had the great fortune of presenting an Iowa City Book Festival featuring two Pulitzer-winning authors with strong Iowa ties in Marilynne Robinson and Jane Smiley. An attendee at the Smiley event remarked, “You obviously had an Iowa theme to this year’s festival. What will the next theme be?” Our theme that [...]

Roxane Gay named recipient of 2016 Paul Engle Prize

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Roxane Gay has been named the fifth recipient of the Paul Engle Prize, presented by the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature organization. The prize, established in 2011, honors an individual who, like Paul Engle, represents a pioneering spirit in the world of literature through writing, editing, publishing, or teaching, and whose active participation in [...]

Winners named in City of Literature student essay contest

The Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature organization has completed judging for this year’s Paul Engle Day: Glory of the Senses Essay Contest, and will award scholarships to nine high school sophomores from across Iowa. The winning essay was “Adrift,” by Jackie Olberding, a student at Beckman Catholic High School in Dyersville. In recognition of [...]